Single Reviews: Godsmack, Jenny Lewis, Cash Out, Little Big Town, JJ

GODSMACK

"1000hp"

Godsmack takes a dubious look back at its illustrious career on "1000hp," the lead single from the upcoming album of the same name. The Boston band reminisces about the year 1995, and how no one cared about the empty rooms it played "until they all showed up one day/Then we took our stage and everything changed." Nothing wrong with being proud of that turning point, but why is Godsmack bragging about such a far-gone moment now? The by-the-numbers rock track is nothing to shout about, either: Guitars stab, squall and chug along without making any lasting impression. A tempo switch at the bridge is briefly interesting, but then "1000hp" returns to its ho-hum speed.

-Christa Titus

JENNY LEWIS

"Just One of the Guys"

Warner Bros. Records

Artists like Lily Allen and Neko Case have poignantly reflected on adult femininity in recent material, but Jenny Lewis' "Just One of the Guys" soundly achieves that thoughtfulness without sacrificing any of her pinpoint musicality. Produced by Beck, the alt-country single wraps startling declarations like "When I look at myself, all I can see/I'm just another lady without a baby" in a melody just as memorable.

-Jason Lipshutz

CASH OUT

"She Twerkin' "

eOne Music

An Atlanta strip-club anthem with growing ­nightclub rotation, Cash Out's latest offering effectively proves the "Cashin' Out" MC to be more than another one-hit wonder. Credit goes to Spinz and Dun Deal, two of the hottest Atlanta producers, for crafting the lascivious, 808-laced bed upon which Cash spits his cornball Auto-Tuned come-ons.

-Dan Hyman

LITTLE BIG TOWN

"Day Drinking"

Capitol Records Nashville

Little Big Town's latest single aims to convey a summery lightheartedness with swinging drum rolls and sweet guitar and mandolin plucks. But it becomes too twee when the whistling kicks in - a trend in modern country music that has overstayed its welcome. Fortunately, the electric guitar solo carrying the bridge helps beef up an otherwise average delicacy from the quartet.

-Jill Menze

JJ

"All White Everything"

Secretly Canadian

This Swedish dream-pop duo continues to beguile on its latest single, blending fairy-tale atmospherics with mysterious pleas of unrequited love. "Let's find a way home/So I can mend my restless soul," cries a weary voice over frosty strings and syrupy electronic bass - until a hip-hop swagger suddenly emerges from the ambient fog.

-Ryan Reed


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